Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

Focus on Queensland news.
Safe drinking water, medical uses (e.g. dialysis), recreational water and recycled water.
Identification of bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens in Queensland water supplies.
Cryptosporidium | Giardia | Clostridium | Legionnella.
Water quality in relation to Spa pools | Swimming pools | Coliform bacteria | Faecal coliforms.
Waterborne disease outbreaks | Epidemiology.
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Algal problem a blooming worry at Fairfield Waters freshwater lake

Townsville Bulletin VICTORIA NUGENT  November 21, 2014

RESIDENTS are being warned to stay out of a freshwater lake at Fairfield Waters after a toxic blue-green algae killed 21 fish.
Water tests were carried out this week after a resident contacted Townsville City Council about the floating fish.
Deputy mayor Vern Veitch said algal blooms were common in the city’s lake during hot weather when water levels dropped.

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Coral spawning: Researchers use annual Great Barrier Reef event to test for pollution effects

ABC News 18 November 2014

Marine researchers have been using the annual spawning event on the Great Barrier Reef to test for the effects of dredge spoil and pesticides on coral reproduction.

The release of millions of coral larvae into reef waters provided a chance to replenish and regrow reefs that had been damaged or destroyed.

But researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science said they were worried poor water quality could threaten the survival prospects of the larvae.

Miniaturising medical laboratories: UTAS hopes to take technology mobile

ABC News Mark Reddie 29 October 2014

The University of Tasmania has created a $5 million research centre in the hope of making medical technology more mobile.
Scientists aim to reduce the time it takes between collecting samples and delivering results to patients through a portable device that connects to a smart phone.
They hope to achieve the same feat as computer makers, who have made their equipment smaller and more mobile, but rather miniaturising equipment that is usually only found in a laboratory, the university’s Professor Emily Hilder said.

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QWater’14 Conference

7 – 8 November 2014  Marriott Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Water is the professional development, technical knowledge sharing and networking event on the Queensland water industry’s calendar. The conference provides a forum for discussing and sharing water related stories that are unique and relevant to Queensland.

[Jeannette Young CHO is speaking on Drinking Water Quality & Health Issues]

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National Water Policy Summit Outcomes

Australian Water Association 20 October 2014

At the inaugural Australian Water Association National Water Policy Summit, over 120 representatives from the water, mining, energy and agribusiness sectors met to discuss the challenges for the sustainable management of water in Australia.  Following Summit discussions, the Australian Water Association will undertake the following actions:

1.     Facilitate the development of an industry-led National Water Strategy accommodating cross-sector water users to be presented to State and Federal Ministers.
2.     Call on all State and Territory governments to make environmental, health and economic regulation of water consistent across all jurisdictions.  In particular, the Summit called for measures to reduce the political interference in the decisions and roles of State regulators and water utilities to enable more independent and effective management of the water sector.
3    Convene a Water Regulators Forum to be attended by the State and Territory water regulators to discuss implementing harmonised regulations at Australia’s largest water conference,Ozwater’15, to be held in Adelaide in May 2015.
4.     Lead the development and implementation of a community campaign to evolve consumer perceptions about the main water issues including the value of water in the Australian economy

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Brisbane waterways in poor heath

Brisbane Times Tony Moore 22 October 2014

Brisbane, you have a drinking problem.

The release of the 2014 Healthy Waterways report card contains the same major water supply lesson for Southeast Queensland that it did last year.

And the year before.

Drink again: report favours recycled water

Sydney Morning Herald  October 15, 2014  Peter Trute

Australians are likely to drink recycled water at some point in the future, with a new report showing industry professionals overwhelmingly support reusing treated sewage to ensure supplies remain secure.

Water experts are also worried about the rise of coal seam gas, with most saying they believe CSG will pose a challenge in managing water resources.  Continue reading…